Hello. My name is Mike Nettis and I’ll be your guide to navigating the exciting and certainly never boring world of energy.
While attending West Virginia University, I never thought about coal or natural gas, wind or solar energy. All of myenergy was concentrated on being a stand-out student in my major – Broadcast Journalism.
I spent the next 10 years at my local radio station, WANB in Waynesburg, PA, honing my social and communications skills, learning how to interact with community members, working closely with government officials and in general - preparing myself for a career in the energy industry.
My career took off quickly after that and I eventually made my way into the position of News Bureau Chief in Pittsburgh, Pa. Little did I know that the local, regional and political contacts I made would serve me well when I found myself working for a Fortune 500 energy company.
So began my energy career – that I had inadvertently been preparing myself for. As the company’s Public Relations Coordinator, I was responsible for an internal/external newsletter that was sent out to more than 28,000 readers. In addition, I managed a Philanthropic budget of more than six-million-dollars and was responsible for all those “grip and grin” photos you see in the newspapers, where a company representative shakes hands ans presents a check to a worthy organization. After only a year and a half, I was promoted to Public Relations Supervisor and my responsibilities tripled! Not only did I retain my same duties, I was now working hand in hand with the company’s video department on a new project involving a company-wide television network. I wrote scripts, did on camera work and voice-overs.
My people skills were really put to the test during this time, when I spent many afternoons and evenings at public meetings, dealing with what we called “angry villagers” who were facing mining or drilling on their property. I discovered that often, a kind word and a willing ear soothed the angry property owner and I learned that a company is only as good as the people it sends out into the community.
Can I be that person for you? SHALE YES! I know the energy industry, from coal mining to natural gas drilling to solar – to wind – I’ve been underground and spent time a drilling sites.
I’m looking forward to taking our relationship to the next level and meeting you in person. Thank you for taking the time to watch my video cover letter.
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The following candidate was looking for a Quality Assurance job in the video game industry. Thanks to his cover letter, he got himself an interview (and the job!).
Notice how he uses the second paragraph to elaborate on his passion for the video game industry, and then offers a couple of brief anecdotes to illustrate that passion. He doesn’t just repeat his resume word-for-word — in fact, he even states that he’s about to share some new information.
He also injects a bit of lighthearted humor into the letter towards the end, giving the employer an idea of how he might fit in with the organization. You don’t want to overdo it with humor, but showing a bit of personality here and there can help set you apart from the crowd.
Dear Hiring Manager,
I saw your job posting for a video game QA position and it caught my interest. My goal is to pursue a career in video game design and my research shows that a QA position is the logical entry-level position.
The enclosed resume details my background but what you won’t see on that resume are my strong analytical skills and passion for video games.
I see the world through a design lens: when traveling in Japan, I met a number of Japanese businessmen. We could not converse due to the language barrier but instead, communicated through a series of video games. Throughout my days, I come across things and can see them as the root of a video game. A recent trip to an older post office had me visualizing a zombie attack. (I actually forgot to mail my letter.) I even create games in my spare time.
I would love the chance to discuss this opportunity with you. tops my list of target employers as it is known as the organization for design and the ability to market the games.
I will plan to call you on November 3rd to follow up. In the interim, my contact information is listed below.